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Cardigan RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew called out to help damaged yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Cardigan RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were called out at 5:28pm on Friday 22 April to help a yacht in trouble along the Cardigan coast.

The lone sailor aboard the yacht was sailing back from Pwllgwaelod, unfortunately when the yacht was moored up offshore there it dragged its moorings and ended up on the rocks where it sustained damage to its rudder. 

The owner of the yacht, a local Cardigan resident, waited for the yacht to re-float with the tide and then attempted to sail back to Cardigan.  Unfortunately due to the damage caused to the tiller, the boat was unresponsive and he was forced to call out the RNLI to help. 

The volunteer crew launched the Atlantic 85 class lifeboat Albatross and located the yacht Dulce four miles north west off Caemaes Head.  One crew member from the Albatross was put aboard Dulce to assist in escorting the yacht back but the damage sustained was too substantial and the RNLI volunteer crew had to take the boat under tow.  The RNLI crew towed the yacht back safely and secured it on the pontoon in Patch.

The lifeboat returned to the station at 7:00pm
For more information please contact Cardigan LPO, Tracy Newman on 07805 246975

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